Mindfulness for Everyday Life: The Basics

Calling all beginning meditators!

This is a 4 week series introducing basic meditators into different philosophies of meditation:

Week 1: Basics of Meditation, the body scan + homework
Week 2: Mindful Awareness of Thought – a CBT approach to Mindfulness + homework
Week 3: Mindful Awareness of Self – self-compassion + homework
Week 4: Mindful Listening to Self and Other using previous concepts and closing concepts

You should come away from this workshop with:

  1. An awareness of how to meditate
  2. An appreciation of what is the way to expand your awareness of yourself in the world
  3. The tools to start to expand your own daily practices

What to bring:

  1. Water
  2. A journal
  3. A blanket
  4. Comfortable clothing

Dates: Tuesday evenings; November 1, 8, 15, and 22
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Cost: $200 +HST
Location: ellephysio
232 South Service Rd, Unit A
Oakville, ON L6J 2X5

Interested? Email info@draoife.com or call 905-849-6730 to reserve your spot!

Searching for Inner Peace?

Three years ago I embarked on a journey.

Burned out from practice and the emotional toll of running my own business and being present for people when they are sick and stressed started to have its effect on me, physically and emotionally. I was tired, I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning, and I was easily overwhelmed when people were asking me to do something for them. Sometimes being around certain individuals was putting me out of sync.

Like so many other journeys in my life without true understanding, I felt called to explore mindfulness and meditation. I read the book “When things fall apart” by the brilliant Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron, and was immediately attracted to her humour, honesty, and self-awareness. I felt like I could relate to her struggles for self-ownership, emotional regulation, and just wanting to be calm within herself.

I decided to enrol in an Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate with the University of Toronto, because not raised Buddhist and a little wary of all things woo-woo, I was encouraged to see that they were discussing the scientific benefits I also thought potentially that I could understand with other like-minded people. I thought perhaps this would help my patients to feel calmer if I could teach them the techniques I learned.

Not surprisingly, the benefits that came from a mindful way of living were mine to own first. Of course, a teacher must be a student and so I found the benefits enabled me to be:

  1. Calmer and less reactive in the face of stressors, especially unexpected ones
  2. Kinder to myself, and others
  3. More understanding of myself and others
  4. More aware of my thoughts, body sensations, and emotions in my body
  5. More equipped to deal with the changing thoughts, body sensations, and emotions that our body continually cycle through within every day, hour, and minute
  6. Aware that I was not alone in this struggle for self-peace
  7. Connected to a large community of caring individuals, who I realized were just the human race, around us all the time.

Truly, my experience with mindfulness and meditation was life-changing. I am now more patient with myself (and as a perfectionist, that’s a seriously big deal), more accepting, aware, and curious. I’m participating in the ebb and flow of life. The phrase “this, too, shall pass” really started to make sense.

Was it easy? Heck, no. The best things in life are never easy.

It’s my turn to give back now, and honour the guidance of my teachers in the last several years, and those that continue to inspire and guide me to this peaceful way of life.

Join me in my mindfulness series this summer beginning July 14. If you think you’d love to, but aren’t around until the fall, keep checking in for my fall series beginning the third week of September.

I promise you, it’s life-changing.

Mindfulness for Daily Life: An introduction

This class is an in-house class to help true beginners learn about what it means to be mindful, and how to incorporate mindful activities into your daily lives.

Time: Weekly for 4 weeks from 6:30-8:30 pm, beginning July 14, 2016.
Cost: $275 +HST for 4 sessions.
What: We will be learning about mindfulness, by meditating, outside walking, journaling, doodling, you name it!
What you should wear: Something comfortable with socks and a small blanket or a sweater as sometimes sitting can get you cold.
What can you bring: A willingness to learn and an open mind!
What you will get: 4 weeks of guided instruction, including handouts, and just a little bit of homework.
How to pay: Go to Eventbrite ticket page here

This is a first-come-first-served class. Limit of 8 spaces, so book early. Refund details will be available at time of purchase.